- rolls-royce continues to reveal bits of information about the upcoming ghost, and the latest is a video about the luxury sedan's underpinnings.
- the automaker says the new car will have both all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, and its suspension will combine rolls's architecture of luxury with a "planar" system intended to cancel out road imperfections.
- the new ghost will be revealed in early september and will go on sale as a 2021 model, priced in the $300,000 range.
we will have to wait until fall to see the new rolls-royce ghost, but the english luxury automaker is already starting to drop limited details about the technology it will incorporate.
the latest of these is through a twee animated video on the ghost’s platform and suspension system—which you can see below—which drops some interesting details.
we already knew that the ghost was going to switch to rolls’s architecture of luxury platform, the same one that underpins both the phantom and cullinan, which will enable it to move beyond some of the limitations imposed on the first-generation car by underpinnings derived from those of the f01 2008 bmw 7-series.
we're not expecting radical changes to the car's styling on the basis that there is little obviously wrong with it, and that rolls tends to take an evolutionary path when it comes to design. the continued presence of rear-hinged coach doors at the back is also a certainty, given their popularity with buyers.
rolls-royce confirms that the new car will feature both all-wheel drive and all-wheel steering, and although there is no official news on powerplants we are anticipating some form of v-12 power as with every production rolls since 2003.
the ghost's suspension is set to incorporate what the company describes as its planar system. this incorporates an "upper wishbone" damper which the official release says is mounted above the front suspension assembly; unfortunately, we don't have any images to show us how this will be packaged, and the video lacks any oily details.
these dampers will work in conjunction with rolls-royce’s optical road-reading suspension system, which is now branded flagbearer—presumably in memory of the onetime need for a servant with a red flag to walk before any automobile traveling the english highway. (this restriction was withdrawn in 1896.)
the video seems to be suggesting that the combined system will be able to entirely cancel out sizable sine-wave road oscillations. we will be enormously impressed if it does. rolls-royce confirms that the ghost will also feature "satellite aided" transmission, something it already offers in the phantom, which helps with gear selection based on its knowledge of upcoming corners.
there will doubtless be more news to share before the new ghost goes on sale next year, and we hope also some more detailed technical information.